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The JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2007 (Paperback, New): Ulrich Sedelmeier, Alasdair R. Young The JCMS Annual Review of the European Union in 2007 (Paperback, New)
Ulrich Sedelmeier, Alasdair R. Young
R575 R489 Discovery Miles 4 890 Save R86 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Annual Review, produced in association with JCMS, The Journal of Common Market Studies, covers the key developments in the European Union, its member states, and acceding and/or applicant countries in 2007. It contains key analytical articles on political, economic and legal issues in the EU by leading experts, together with a keynote article on Russia-EU relations by Margot Light and a review article on comparative regionalism by Alberta Sbragia.
Covers the key developments in the European Union and its Member States in 2007.
The Review is the most up-to-date and authoritative source of information for those engaged in teaching and research or who are simply interested in the European Union.
Provides guidance on recent important documents and scholarly publications together with a chronology of key events.

Computational and Mathematical Modeling in the Social Sciences (Paperback, New): Scott De Marchi Computational and Mathematical Modeling in the Social Sciences (Paperback, New)
Scott De Marchi
R713 Discovery Miles 7 130 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Mathematical models in the social sciences have become increasingly sophisticated and widespread in the last decade. This period has also seen many critiques, most lamenting the sacrifices incurred in pursuit of mathematical rigor. If, as critics argue, our ability to understand the world has not improved during the mathematization of the social sciences, we might want to adopt a different paradigm. This book examines the three main fields of mathematical modeling - game theory, statistics, and computational methods - and proposes a new framework for modeling. Unlike previous treatments which view each field separately, the treatment provides a framework that spans and incorporates the different methodological approaches. The goal is to arrive at a new vision of modeling that allows researchers to solve more complex problems in the social sciences. Additionally, a special emphasis is placed upon the role of computational modeling in the social sciences.

Islamophobia and the Law (Hardcover): Cyra Akila Choudhury, Khaled A. Beydoun Islamophobia and the Law (Hardcover)
Cyra Akila Choudhury, Khaled A. Beydoun
R2,536 Discovery Miles 25 360 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Islamophobia and the Law is a foundational volume of critical scholarship on the emerging form of bigotry widely known as Islamophobia. This book brings together leading legal scholars to explore the emergence and rise of Islamophobia after the 9/11 terror attacks, particularly how the law brings about state-sponsored Islamophobia and acts as a dynamic catalyst of private Islamophobia and vigilante violence against Muslims. The first book of its kind, it is a critical read for scholars and practitioners, advocates and students interested in deepening their knowledge of the subject matter. This collection addresses Islamophobia in race, immigration and citizenship, criminal law and national security, in the use of courts to advance anti-Muslim projects and in law and society.

Israel's Jewish Identity Crisis - State and Politics in the Middle East (Paperback): Yaacov Yadgar Israel's Jewish Identity Crisis - State and Politics in the Middle East (Paperback)
Yaacov Yadgar
R590 Discovery Miles 5 900 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An important and topical contribution to the field of Middle East studies, this innovative, provocative, and timely study tackles head-on the main assumptions of the foundation of Israel as a Jewish state. Theoretically sophisticated and empirically rich, Yaacov Yadgar provides a novel analysis of the interplay between Israeli nationalism and Jewish tradition, arriving at a fresh understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through its focus on internal questions about Israeli identity. By critiquing and transcending the current discourse on religion and politics in Israel, this study brings to an international audience debates within Israel that have been previously inaccessible to non-Hebrew speaking academics. Featuring discussions on Israeli jurisprudence, nation-state law, and rabbinic courts, Israel's Jewish Identity Crisis will have far-reaching implications, not only within the state of Israel but on politics, society and culture beyond its borders.

The Shifting Landscape of Global Trade Governance - World Trade Forum (Hardcover): Manfred Elsig, Michael Hahn, Gabriele Spilker The Shifting Landscape of Global Trade Governance - World Trade Forum (Hardcover)
Manfred Elsig, Michael Hahn, Gabriele Spilker
R2,307 R2,139 Discovery Miles 21 390 Save R168 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Today's trade regime and its rules are under pressure. Increasing societal discontent with globalization and the rise of protectionist measures threaten the trade regime's legitimacy and effectiveness. The authors explore systemic challenges to the trade regime, inter alia, related to development, migration, inequality, the digital economy and climate change. The Shifting Landscape of Global Trade Governance allows the readers, in times of change, to put current developments into context and offers an understanding of the different dynamics defining today's regulation of the global economy. Chapters authored by leading researchers from different disciplines - law, political science and economics - address the challenges of the global economic system and share novel outlooks, both theory- and data-based, for the future.

Key Controversies in European Integration (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2017): Hubert Zimmermann, Andreas D'Ur Key Controversies in European Integration (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2017)
Hubert Zimmermann, Andreas D'Ur
R988 R823 Discovery Miles 8 230 Save R165 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Since its inception the European Union has been a fiercely contested and politically divisive project. In recent years, controversial issues such as EU enlargement, the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, and the fallout from the Eurozone crisis have tested the EU to its limits and divided public opinion in the process. This innovative volume brings together leading scholars from around the world to debate the nature, current state and future of European integration. The contributors represent the whole spectrum of thinking about the European Union, ranging from pro-European to openly Eurosceptic perspectives. Within the book, chapters present two opposing perspectives on a wide range of controversies. Among the issues discussed are: how efficient is the European Union? Has the European project been a success? Will the Eurozone survive in its present state? And can the EU tame big finance? Guaranteed to illuminate as well as spark debate, this text provides an engaging and incisive overview of the most important issues in contemporary EU politics.

Compromise and the American Founding - The Quest for the People's Two Bodies (Hardcover): Alin Fumurescu Compromise and the American Founding - The Quest for the People's Two Bodies (Hardcover)
Alin Fumurescu
R2,020 R1,877 Discovery Miles 18 770 Save R143 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Why is today's political life so polarized? This book analyzes the ways in which the divergent apprehensions of both 'compromise' and the 'people' in seventeenth-century England and France became intertwined once again during the American founding, sometimes with bloody results. Looking at key-moments of the founding, from the first Puritan colonies to the beginning of the Civil War, this book offers answers of contemporary relevance. It argues that Americans unknowingly combined two understandings of the people: the early modern idea of a collection of individuals ruled by a majority of wills and the classic understanding of a corporation hierarchically structured and ruled by reason for the common good. Americans were then able to implement the paradigm of the 'people's two bodies'. Whenever the dialectic between the two has been broken, the results had have a major impact on American politics. Born by accident, this American peculiarity has proven to be a long-lasting one.

The Wrongs of the Right - Language, Race, and the Republican Party in the Age of Obama (Hardcover): Matthew W. Hughey, Gregory... The Wrongs of the Right - Language, Race, and the Republican Party in the Age of Obama (Hardcover)
Matthew W. Hughey, Gregory S. Parks
R698 R590 Discovery Miles 5 900 Save R108 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On November 5, 2008, the nation awoke to a New York Times headline that read triumphantly: OBAMA. Racial Barrier Falls in Heavy Turnout. But new events quickly muted the exuberant declarations of a postracial era in America: from claims that Obama was born in Kenya and that he is not a true American, to depictions of Obama as a Lyin African and conservative cartoons that showed the new president surrounded by racist stereotypes like watermelons and fried chicken. Despite the utopian proclamations that we are now live in a color-blind, postracial country, the grim reality is that implicit racial biases are more entrenched than ever. In Wrongs of the Right, Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks set postracial claims into relief against a background of pre- and post-election racial animus directed at Obama, his administration, and African Americans. They provide an analysis of the political Right and their opposition to Obama from the vantage point of their rhetoric, a history of the evolution of the two-party system in relation to race, social scientific research on race and political ideology, and how racial fears, coded language, and implicit racism are drawn upon and manipulated by the political Right. Racial meanings are reservoirs rich in political currency, and the Right's replaying of the race card remains a potent resource for othering the first black president in a context rife with Nativism, xenophobia, white racial fatigue, and serious racial inequality. And as Hughey and Parks show, race trumps politics and policies when it comes to political conservatives' hostility toward Obama.

The Changing Face of Parties and Party Systems - A Study of Israel and India (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Sunil K. Choudhary The Changing Face of Parties and Party Systems - A Study of Israel and India (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Sunil K. Choudhary
R3,445 Discovery Miles 34 450 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book focuses on the changes currently redefining parties and party systems in Israel and India with regard to parliamentary democracy, coalitional polity, electoral profiles and social diversity. It compares the nature of parties and party systems in Israel and India since their independence and documents how the societies, states and governments have undergone significant transformations during the long course of their existence. In this regard, it also investigates the many significant similarities and glaring differences between India and Israel as two leading parliamentary democracies. Characterizing the transition of two countries' party systems as 'a shift from predominance to pluralism', the book underlines its impact on the societies, democracies and governance of the two parliamentary nations. The book combines theoretical underpinnings with an empirical understanding of the subject matter, particularly the parties, leaders, state and g overnment, pursuing an interdisciplinary approach, which would appeal to a broad readership from academe and industry alike, and a valuable guide for students and scholars of Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology, Governance and Law.

The Society of the Spectacle (Paperback, New Ed): Guy Debord The Society of the Spectacle (Paperback, New Ed)
Guy Debord; Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith
R504 R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Save R99 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Few works of political and cultural theory have been as enduringly provocative as Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle. From its publication amid the social upheavals of the 1960s up to the present, the volatile theses of this book have decisively transformed debates on the shape of modernity, capitalism and everyday life in the late twentieth cenlury. Now finally available in a superb English translation approved by the author, Debord's text remains as crucial as ever for understanding the contemporary effects of power, which are increasingly inseparable from the new virtual worlds of our rapidly changing image/information culture.

Politics and History of Violence and Crime in Central America (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017):... Politics and History of Violence and Crime in Central America (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017)
Sebastian Huhn, Hannes Warnecke-Berger
R4,464 Discovery Miles 44 640 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book highlights historical explanations to and roots of present phenomena of violence, insecurity, and law enforcement in Central America. Violence and crime are among the most discussed topics in Central America today, and sensationalism and fear of crime is as present as the increase of private security, the re-militarization of law enforcement, political populism, and mano dura policies. The contributors to this volume discuss historical forms, paths, continuities, and changes of violence and its public and political discussion in the region. This book thus offers in-depth analysis of different patterns of violence, their reproduction over time, their articulation in the present, and finally their discursive mobilization.

The Beginning of Politics - Power in the Biblical Book of Samuel (Hardcover): Moshe Halbertal, Stephen Holmes The Beginning of Politics - Power in the Biblical Book of Samuel (Hardcover)
Moshe Halbertal, Stephen Holmes
R611 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R121 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

New insights into how the Book of Samuel offers a timeless meditation on the dilemmas of statecraft The Book of Samuel is universally acknowledged as one of the supreme achievements of biblical literature. Yet the book's anonymous author was more than an inspired storyteller. The author was also an uncannily astute observer of political life and the moral compromises and contradictions that the struggle for power inevitably entails. The Beginning of Politics mines the story of Israel's first two kings to unearth a natural history of power, providing a forceful new reading of what is arguably the first and greatest work of Western political thought. Moshe Halbertal and Stephen Holmes show how the beautifully crafted narratives of Saul and David cut to the core of politics, exploring themes that resonate wherever political power is at stake. Through stories such as Saul's madness, David's murder of Uriah, the rape of Tamar, and the rebellion of Absalom, the book's author deepens our understanding not only of the necessity of sovereign rule but also of its costs--to the people it is intended to protect and to those who wield it. What emerges from the meticulous analysis of these narratives includes such themes as the corrosive grip of power on those who hold and compete for power; the ways in which political violence unleashed by the sovereign on his own subjects is rooted in the paranoia of the isolated ruler and the deniability fostered by hierarchical action through proxies; and the intensity with which the tragic conflict between political loyalty and family loyalty explodes when the ruler's bloodline is made into the guarantor of the all-important continuity of sovereign power. The Beginning of Politics is a timely meditation on the dark side of sovereign power and the enduring dilemmas of statecraft.

Identity - The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment (Paperback): Francis Fukuyama Identity - The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment (Paperback)
Francis Fukuyama 1
R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Responsibility to Protect - Cultural Perspectives in the Global South (Hardcover): Rama Mani, Thomas G. Weiss Responsibility to Protect - Cultural Perspectives in the Global South (Hardcover)
Rama Mani, Thomas G. Weiss
R3,083 Discovery Miles 30 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume explores in a novel and challenging way the emerging norm of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), initially adopted by the United Nations World Summit in 2005 following significant debate throughout the preceding decade.

This work seeks to uncover whether this norm and its founding values have resonance and grounding within diverse cultures and within the experiences of societies that have directly been torn apart by mass atrocity crimes. The contributors to this collection analyze the responsibility to protect through multiple disciplines philosophy, religion and spirituality, anthropology, and aesthetics in addition to international relations and law to explore what light alternative perspectives outside of political science and international relations shed upon this emerging norm.

In each case, the disciplinary analysis emanates from the global South and from scholars located within countries that experienced violent political upheaval. Hence, they draw upon not only theory but also the first-hand experience with conscience-shocking crimes. Their retrospective and prospective analyses could and should help shape the future implementation of R2P in accordance with insights from vastly different contexts.

Offering a cutting edge contribution to thinking in the area, this is essential reading for all those with an interest in humanitarian intervention, peace and conflict studies, critical security studies and peacebuilding.

Hitler's First Hundred Days - When Germans Embraced the Third Reich (Hardcover): Peter Fritzsche Hitler's First Hundred Days - When Germans Embraced the Third Reich (Hardcover)
Peter Fritzsche
R760 R599 Discovery Miles 5 990 Save R161 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Aesthetics and Politics of Global Hunger (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Anastasia Ulanowicz, Manisha Basu The Aesthetics and Politics of Global Hunger (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Anastasia Ulanowicz, Manisha Basu
R1,884 Discovery Miles 18 840 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This collection investigates modern imperialist practices and their management of hunger through its punctuated distribution amongst asymmetrically related marginal populations. Drawing on relevant material from Egypt, Ireland, India, Ukraine, and other regions of the globe, The Aesthetics and Politics of Global Hunger is a rigorously comparative study made up of ten essays by well-established scholars from universities around the world. Since modernity, we have been inhabitants of a globe increasingly connected through discourses of equal access for all humans to the resources of the planet, but the volume emphasizes alongside this reality the flagrant politicization of those same resources. From this emphasis, the essays in the volume place into relief the idea that ideological and aesthetic discourses of hunger could inform ethical thinking and practices about who or what constitutes the figure of the modern historical human.

Pandemic! - COVID-19 Shakes the World (Hardcover): Slavoj Zizek Pandemic! - COVID-19 Shakes the World (Hardcover)
Slavoj Zizek
R1,681 Discovery Miles 16 810 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As an unprecedented global pandemic sweeps the planet, who better than the supercharged Slovenian philosopher Slavoj i ek to uncover its deeper meanings, marvel at its mind-boggling paradoxes and speculate on the profundity of its consequences? We live in a moment when the greatest act of love is to stay distant from the object of your affection. When governments renowned for ruthless cuts in public spending can suddenly conjure up trillions. When toilet paper becomes a commodity as precious as diamonds. And when, according to i ek, a new form of communism - the outlines of which can already be seen in the very heartlands of neoliberalism - may be the only way of averting a descent into global barbarism. Written with his customary brio and love of analogies in popular culture (Quentin Tarantino and H. G. Wells sit next to Hegel and Marx), i ek provides a concise and provocative snapshot of the crisis as it widens, engulfing us all.

House of Cards and Philosophy - Underwood's Republic (Paperback): J. Edward Hackett House of Cards and Philosophy - Underwood's Republic (Paperback)
J. Edward Hackett
R340 R257 Discovery Miles 2 570 Save R83 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Is Democracy overrated? Does power corrupt? Or do corrupt people seek power? Do corporate puppet masters pull politicians strings? Why does Frank talk to the camera? Can politics deliver on the promise of justice? House of Cards depicts our worst fears about politics today. Love him or loathe him, Frank Underwood has charted an inimitable course through Washington politics. He and his cohorts depict the darkest dealings within the gleaming halls of our most revered political institutions. These 24 original essays examine key philosophical issues behind the critically-acclaimed series questions of truth, justice, equality, opportunity, and privilege. The amoral machinations of Underwood, the ultimate anti-hero, serve as an ideal backdrop for a discussion of the political theories of philosophers as diverse as Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Marx. From political and corporate ethics, race relations, and ruthless paragmatism to mass media collusion and sexual politics, these essays tackle a range of issues important not only to the series but to our understanding of society today.

After Victory - Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order after Major Wars (Paperback): G.John Ikenberry After Victory - Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order after Major Wars (Paperback)
G.John Ikenberry
R1,038 R797 Discovery Miles 7 970 Save R241 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"For the third time in this troubled century and following the end of the Cold War and the tragic events in the former Yugoslavia, the world is challenged to create a stable and enduring world order. In this pathbreaking book, Ikenberry draws upon novel theoretical insights and historical experience to determine what policies and strategies work best as the United States attempts to lead in the struggles to create a new world order. . A major contribution to IR theory and to thinking about international order."--Robert Gilpin, Princeton University

"Through careful, thorough, and subtle analysis of the diplomacy of the post-war settlements of 1815, 1919, 1945, and 1989--91, John Ikenberry addresses in "After Victory" three major questions for the study of world politics: how do major-state victors seek to translate their military success into a sustainable political order; why do secondary-state partners accept the order so constructed by the major victors; and why have post-war settlements become progressively based on institutional principles and practices? In its theoretical boldness, historical sweep, policy relevance, and sheer elegance of analysis and presentation, few books published in the past quarter-century in the field of international relations are the equal of "After Victory,""--Joseph Grieco, Duke University

""After Victory" is an extremely important inquiry into the origins of postwar order in international relations--the key analytic and policy issue of our time. Ikenberry's book is unique in its theoretical and empirical sweep. In contrast to realists, for whom international orders are epiphenomenal and transient, and constructivists, who see order emerging fromshared worldviews and norms, Ikenberry adopts a historical sociological framework. He argues that states self-consciously create institutions to bind themselves and others in international orders that reduce the 'returns to power'."--David A. Lake, University of California, San Diego

""After Victory" argues that political primacy is achieved best through a strategy of limiting the unilateral exercise of power. This book engages contemporary political debates, and it illuminates these debates with an informative set of historical case studies. All serious students of international relations and all practitioners of foreign policy will want to come to terms with John Ikenberry's elegant and learned analysis."--Peter Katzenstein, Cornell University

Political and Cultural Perceptions of George Orwell - British and American Views (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Ian Williams Political and Cultural Perceptions of George Orwell - British and American Views (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Ian Williams
R1,556 Discovery Miles 15 560 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book analyzes George Orwell's politics and their reception across both sides of the Atlantic. It considers Orwell's place in the politics of his native Britain and his reception in the USA, where he has had some of his most fervent emulators, exegetists, and detractors. Written by an ex "teenage Maoist" from Liverpool, UK, who now lives and writes in New York, the book points out how often the different strands of opinion derive from "ancestral" ideological struggles within the Communist/Trotskyist movement in the 30's, and how these often overlook or indeed consciously ignore the indigenous British politics and sociology that did so much to influence Orwell's political and literary development. It examines in the modern era what Orwell did in his-the seductions of simplistic and absolutist ideologies for some intellectuals, especially in their reactions to Orwell himself.

Reappraising European IR Theoretical Traditions (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Knud Erik Jorgensen, Audrey Alejandro, Alexander... Reappraising European IR Theoretical Traditions (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Knud Erik Jorgensen, Audrey Alejandro, Alexander Reichwein, Felix Rosch, Helen Turton
R1,377 Discovery Miles 13 770 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book is about European IR theoretical traditions, their origins, and key figures. Theorizing is among the most important activities that take place within scientific disciplines. Scholars therefore routinely talk/debate about the discipline of IR and its theories, theories are often used to form the pedagogical backbone of IR and theories are also a key part of scholarly identities. Over time, theories crystalize in to schools of thought, strands of theorizing and theoretical traditions. This book and the volumes that will follow focus on the origins and trajectories of theoretical traditions, and key figures of IR thought in Europe in the 20th Century. The authors are situated in Europe, and it is thus the origins and trajectories of European theoretical traditions, its intellectual history and contemporary forms of theoretical knowledge today, that are on the agenda. In order to achieve this ambitious aim, we opt for a transnational sociological history approach, thus going beyond the national lens through which IR has been predominantly studied. The series will have an integrative function and contribute to a globalized discourse on IR as a discipline. The key benefits of this first volume is that it outlines IR theoretical traditions for the first time ever, provides a novel framework for exploring IR's theories, and contributes to define and strengthen the European identity of IR. This book is an invaluable resource for scholars of IR.

The Great Deception - Can the European Union survive? - EU Referendum Edition (Paperback, New Edition): Christopher Booker,... The Great Deception - Can the European Union survive? - EU Referendum Edition (Paperback, New Edition)
Christopher Booker, Richard North
R599 R479 Discovery Miles 4 790 Save R120 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Now published with a new preface explaining why The Great Deception is of the utmost importance today as it was when it was first published and to coincide with Great Britain's EU referendum in 2016, this book suggests that the United States of Europe and its edict of 'ever closer union' have been based on a colossal confidence trick. The Great Deception tells for the first time the inside story of the most audacious political project of modern times: the plan to unite Europe under a single 'supranational' government. From the 1920s, when the blueprint for the European Union was first conceived by a British civil servant, this meticulously documented account takes the story right up to the moves to give Europe a political constitution, already planned 60 years ago to be the 'crowning dream' of the whole project. The book shows how the gradual assembling of a European government has amounted to a 'slow motion coup d'etat', based on a strategy of deliberate deception, into which Britain's leaders, Macmillan and Heath, were consciously drawn. Drawing on a wealth of new evidence, scarcely an episode of the story does not emerge in startling new light, from the real reasons why de Gaulle kept Britain out in the 1960s to the fall of Mrs Thatcher. The book chillingly shows how Britain's politicians, not least Tony Blair, were consistently outplayed in a game the rules of which they never understood. But it ends by asking whether, from the euro to enlargement, the 'project' has now overreached itself, as a gamble doomed to fail. Since their collaboration began in 1992, Christopher Booker, a Sunday Telegraph columnist, and Richard North, who worked for four years in Brussels and Strasbourg as a senior researcher, have won a unique reputation for their expertise on Britain's relationship to the European Union. Their previous publications included The Mad Officials (1994) and The Castle of Lies (1996). But they regard The Great Deception as the book they had been waiting to write for ten years. Christopher Booker's preface now adds up-to-date detail for the current era as Britain heads inexorably towards a possible 'Brexit'.

Focus Groups for the Social Science Researcher (Hardcover): Jennifer Cyr Focus Groups for the Social Science Researcher (Hardcover)
Jennifer Cyr
R1,479 R1,405 Discovery Miles 14 050 Save R74 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What is a focus group? Why do we use them? When should we use them? When should we not? Focus Groups for the Social Science Researcher provides a step-by-step guide to undertaking focus groups, whether as a stand-alone method or alongside other qualitative or quantitative methods. It recognizes the challenges that focus groups encounter and provides tips to address them. The book highlights three unique, inter-related characteristics of focus groups. First, they are inherently social in form. Second, the data emerge organically through conversation; they are emic in nature. Finally, focus groups generate data at three levels of analysis: the individual, group, and interactive level. The book builds from these three characteristics to explain when focus groups can usefully be employed in different research designs. This is an essential text for students and researchers looking for a concise and accessible introduction to this important approach to data collection.

The Evolution of International Arbitration - Judicialization, Governance, Legitimacy (Paperback): Alec Stone Sweet, Florian... The Evolution of International Arbitration - Judicialization, Governance, Legitimacy (Paperback)
Alec Stone Sweet, Florian Grisel
R750 Discovery Miles 7 500 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The development of international arbitration as an autonomous legal order comprises one of the most remarkable stories of institution building at the global level over the past century. Today, transnational firms and states settle their most important commercial and investment disputes not in courts, but in arbitral centres, a tightly networked set of organizations that compete with one another for docket, resources, and influence. In this book, Alec Stone Sweet and Florian Grisel show that international arbitration has undergone a self-sustaining process of institutional evolution that has steadily enhanced arbitral authority. This judicialization process was sustained by the explosion of trade and investment, which generated a steady stream of high stakes disputes, and the efforts of elite arbitrators and the major centres to construct arbitration as a viable substitute for litigation in domestic courts. For their part, state officials (as legislators and treaty makers), and national judges (as enforcers of arbitral awards), have not just adapted to the expansion of arbitration; they have heavily invested in it, extending the arbitral order's reach and effectiveness. Arbitration's very success has, nonetheless, raised serious questions about its legitimacy as a mode of transnational governance. The book provides a clear causal theory of judicialization, original data collection and analysis, and a broad, relatively non-technical overview of the evolution of the arbitral order. Each chapter compares international commercial and investor-state arbitration, across clearly specified measures of judicialization and governance. Topics include: the evolution of procedures; the development of precedent and the demand for appeal; balancing in the public interest; legitimacy debates and proposals for systemic reform. This book is a timely assessment of how arbitration has risen to become a key component of international economic law and why its future is far from settled.

Global Energy Politics (Paperback): Thijs Van de Graaf, Benjamin K. Sovacool Global Energy Politics (Paperback)
Thijs Van de Graaf, Benjamin K. Sovacool
R697 Discovery Miles 6 970 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Ever since the Industrial Revolution energy has been a key driver of world politics. From the oil crises of the 1970s to today's rapid expansion of renewable energy sources, every shift in global energy patterns has important repercussions for international relations. In this new book, Thijs Van de Graaf and Benjamin Sovacool uncover the intricate ways in which our energy systems have shaped global outcomes in four key areas of world politics: security, the economy, the environment and global justice. Moving beyond the narrow geopolitical focus that has dominated much of the discussion on global energy politics, they also deftly trace the connections between energy, environmental politics, and community activism. The authors argue that we are on the cusp of a global energy shift that promises to be no less transformative for the pursuit of wealth and power in world politics than the historical shifts from wood to coal and from coal to oil. This ongoing energy transformation will not only upend the global balance of power; it could also fundamentally transfer political authority away from the nation state, empowering citizens, regions and local communities. Global Energy Politics will be an essential resource for students of the social sciences grappling with the major energy issues of our times.

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